YOUNG people have seized the opportunity to engage more in society having achieved an ‘excellent start’ to Skegness Youth Council.
A group of 14 enthusiastic young politicians assembled for their first ever meeting at Skegness Town Hall last Wednesday.
Coun Robin Hunter Clarke, the youngest councillor to have sat on Skegness Town Council, spearheaded the youth council’s creation and was impressed with the drive and ambition of its initial members.
He said: “I am extremely pleased that the young people have a voice in the local community - it was one of my pledges as a councillor back in the May elections.
“The youth council members were really engaging and enthusiastic and looking forward to their next meeting.”
Key roles including a youth mayor and deputy, clerk and deputy, treasurer and publicity officer have all been appointed, just the same as in the senior council.
Youth Mayor Sabrina Farrell said: ““
Having taken care of the initial formalities of appointing members to their roles and adopting the constitution, the youth council is now poised to discuss the major issues affecting Skegness.
Already scheduled for inclusion on next month’s agenda are items on unemployment, traffic and Tower Gardens.
Coun Hunter-Clarke has welcomed the youth council’s eagerness to discuss such important issues.
“It proves that young people are well aware of what is going on and what the key issues are,” he said.
Immediately after the close of the youth council’s first meeting, Skegness Town Council held its own regular monthly meeting.
Coun Hunter-Clarke, requested that his fellow councillors adopt the work of their younger contemporaries. and received emphatic support.
Coun George Saxon said: “It’s a good thing for new blood to be coming through, ready for when us old codgers disappear.”
Councillors also voted unanimously to appoint Coun Robin Hunter-Clarke as the youth council co-ordinator to liaise with and advise its members.